Growing and using wood for energy - the evidence

Evidence for cold hardiness in the UK: Eucalyptus gunnii

Evidence and trials > Evidence for hardiness - E.gunnii

Eucalyptus gunnii (Cider gum) is the most common amenity eucalypt in the UK. Many large trees exist today, and these are likely to be decades old. Thus they are evidently tolerant of harsh winters.

A considerable number of very large cider gums occur around Brightlingsea, Essex, and are survivors of those planted there from the late 1887 onwards. Many of the trees noted there in 1947 (see Australian Forestry (1948), Vol 12, pp 63-74) must have survived the severe winters of 1894-95, 1916-17, 1928-29 and 1946-47. The trees that exist today also survived the harsh winter of 1962-63, and their response has been well-documented. The tree illustrated is in the churchyard at Brightlingsea. Because of its location, its form is not representative of those trees in surrounding woodland, or of younger trees in forestry trials elsewhere. Using quality silviculture, the potential yield of this species remains uncertain.

Read more (opens pdf) about Brightlingsea's eucalypts, their cold tolerance and their behaviour in woodland.

E.nitens  in West Sussex, January 2007